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Safe to get a tattoo?

Forums General Melanoma Community Safe to get a tattoo?

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    mlbjab
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      I've was diagnosed with early stage melanoma years ago.  I only needed wide excision.  I am considering getting a tattoo.  Are tattoos safe for melanoma survivors?

      I've was diagnosed with early stage melanoma years ago.  I only needed wide excision.  I am considering getting a tattoo.  Are tattoos safe for melanoma survivors?

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        Webbie73
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          It seems that would be your decision. For me I could not “dye” my skin for fear of not seeing any new changes.
          Webbie73
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            It seems that would be your decision. For me I could not “dye” my skin for fear of not seeing any new changes.
            Webbie73
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              It seems that would be your decision. For me I could not “dye” my skin for fear of not seeing any new changes.
              Janner
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                Tattoos have two negative issues in relationship to melanoma.  1.  They cover skin so as the other poster noted, skin changes can't be seen.  2.  The second and not so obvious scenario is they can actually "dye" cells in the lymph nodes.  Tattoos can make doing a SNB more difficult as the dye can basically make a normal looking lymph node "black".  I'm not sure at a cellular level whether there are any issues in doing pathology, but at a macroscopic level (naked eye view), the appearance might make the surgeon think the entire node is filled with melanoma when it is actually tattoo dye.

                Janner
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                  Tattoos have two negative issues in relationship to melanoma.  1.  They cover skin so as the other poster noted, skin changes can't be seen.  2.  The second and not so obvious scenario is they can actually "dye" cells in the lymph nodes.  Tattoos can make doing a SNB more difficult as the dye can basically make a normal looking lymph node "black".  I'm not sure at a cellular level whether there are any issues in doing pathology, but at a macroscopic level (naked eye view), the appearance might make the surgeon think the entire node is filled with melanoma when it is actually tattoo dye.

                  Janner
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                    Tattoos have two negative issues in relationship to melanoma.  1.  They cover skin so as the other poster noted, skin changes can't be seen.  2.  The second and not so obvious scenario is they can actually "dye" cells in the lymph nodes.  Tattoos can make doing a SNB more difficult as the dye can basically make a normal looking lymph node "black".  I'm not sure at a cellular level whether there are any issues in doing pathology, but at a macroscopic level (naked eye view), the appearance might make the surgeon think the entire node is filled with melanoma when it is actually tattoo dye.

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